Danny has been keeping us posted on a big 10-pointer roaming his hunting land. The latest:
“Got over 500 pictures of deer this week on 2 cameras. The deer were very active. I got several more pics of the big 10. My wife decided to name him Spike. She thinks it’s funny for some reason.
Ole’ Spike decided to make some daylight appearances. Hopefully he keeps that up. Sept 6th is our bow opener. Only 3 weeks!
On a side note, I’m starting to notice a trend with my pictures. I’m actually getting more evening and morning pics the closer it gets to the full moon. And during the new moon I’m getting mostly night time pictures. This is the exact opposite of what I expected. Maybe it has more to do with the moon rise and set times than it does with the phase of the moon?”
Danny has hit on something I’ve been analyzing for a while now. And yes, it is the exact opposite of what many hunters believe.
For years I have been convinced, from my field observations, that bucks move more in daylight during the full moon in November rut. But now there’s growing evidence they are more active during the full moon in the late summer/early fall months too.
Just last summer I texted my friend Mark Drury to see what kind of pictures he was getting on his Iowa farm. He shot back: “not seeing much yet, but with the full moon coming on should see some monsters soon.” Two weeks later the moon went full in September, and Mark sent me images of three 160-class shooters that showed up on his cams.
And there is new science to support this. A recent moon study at NC State University found that during a full moon, deer move more during the middle of the day and earlier in the afternoon than during the other phases—which seems to support Danny’s recent observations.
There should be another surge of deer (and some big bucks) showing up on cameras as the next moon goes full September 19. If you’re running cams, note the dates and times and let us know if it happens in your area.